Amish Paradise-Volume 1- The Epiphany
What is "Amish Paradise-V.1-The Epiphany" about? Standing on the precipice and looking down into the dark void: What do you see in front of you? What would you do? This is the beginning of the voyage of life that a young couple is about to take. One that allows them to witness, embrace and live the perfection of God’s grace and the world He has given us and all its beauty. More
I have decided to dedicate this story to my younger brother. I have fictionalized his name and the path he has chosen to arrive at his understanding of his faith, his ability to embrace what his true values are and to display those values on a daily basis for all to witness, experience, and if they choose to, embrace.
Jacob is his name and living life simply while walking in the shadow of our Creator has been his choice. It wasn’t always like that, but thanks to the love and understanding of a beautiful woman, his wife Hannah, he came to see the Light and the Way.
When I was able to take my turn outside of the family, trying to find out if I wanted to be baptized into the Faith, I made a different choice; one that I felt at the time better suited my needs and those of the woman that was nice enough to choose to marry me, thank God. We still embrace many of the values of our previous lifestyle and upbringing, but have chosen to live outside of it. As you may have already guessed, my wife also came from an Amish family.
Jacob was going to follow a similar path like mine, in fact he was going a bit further on “the wild side” during his opportunity at Rumspringa, when his now wife stood in his path and forced him to make a decision, one that would not just change their lives forever, but at the time we didn’t know it, it would also change ours.
That is what “Amish Paradise-Volume 1-The Epiphany” is about. Standing on the precipice and looking down into the dark void: What do you see in front of you? What would you do? This is the beginning of the voyage of life that a young couple is about to take. One that allows them to witness, embrace and live the perfection of God’s grace and the world He has given us and all its beauty.
Hi! First off my wife Sarah and I wish to thank everyone that has purchased our stories thus far. We are both humbled, happy and amazed at the response. We fully intend to deliver the best stories we possibly can and also have some great recipes for you. To date there are two stories, “Volume 1-TheEpiphany” and “Volume 2- Forgiveness”, in the series we have started called “Amish Paradise”.
The name comes from where I lived, a bit of a play on words let us say. I grew up on a farm on Paradise Lane right off of Route 741 in what most people would call Lancaster, Pa. but really for those of us that got mail delivered there it is Ronks. The Strasburg Railroad is right down the street from us and the trains would go by our farm all day filled with kids of all ages wanting to experience the great steam engines and get a glimpse of the Amish life. People that enjoy railroads and train modeling are like that, kids no matter what age.
I often wondered while I was doing my chores what it would be like on the other side, what my life would and could be like as an outsider, not in Plain clothes. When I got my chance, I chose to stay out but have held onto many of the ideals and core beliefs my family instilled in me. It is part of who I am and what I choose to do. My wife Sarah is not from an Amish Family but once she met everybody she finally got to understand “me” and really got to see what helped make me tick. Where my thought process came from and where I got my work ethic.
The stories in our series are steeped in reality. I got permission from my little but bigger brother to fictionalize his life so he could be an example to others. Hoping that they will not make the mistakes he made, instead hoping they see that living with open eyes, mind and heart they will live a much fuller life and gain the grace and peace they seek with their Maker.